USA Today Crossword Answers - January 5, 2015

USA Today Crossword Answers - January 5, 2015

Clue

Answer

"1984" author George

ORWELL

"Beloved" novelist Morrison

TONI

"Comin' Thro' the ___"

RYE

"Diction" starter

PRE

"Fifteen Miles on the ___ Canal"

ERIE

"Kapow!"

BAM

"To be honest . . ."

FRANKLY

"Twelve Days of Christmas" gift

PIPERS

1961, for Barack Obama (Abbr.)

YOB

Abrasive cloth

EMERY

Albanian monetary unit

LEK

Anagram for "shape"

PHASE

Annoying

IRKSOME

Arm wrestler's pride

BICEP

Arranged a release, as from jail

SPRANG

Arrive on shore, in a way

WASHUP

Artist's prop

EASEL

Aviator

FLIER

Banana covering

PEEL

Berth rite?

SLEEP

Binges

SPREES

Bring in a harvest

REAP

Brook

RILL

Butter and jam

SPREADS

Camelhair color

TAN

Cattle identifiers

BRANDS

Cause of a bad trip?

LSD

Certain gemstone

OPAL

Champion's claim

TITLE

Common sense?

SMELL

Crucial

KEY

Dance club equipment

AMPS

Deer family member

ELK

Depicted

LIMNED

Deserving assistance

NEEDY

Draw upon

USE

Drink like a cat

LAP

Eye-opening drink

BRACER

Fix beforehand

PRESET

Fluish feeling

AGUE

Fond du ___, Wisc

LAC

Gumshoe

TEC

Higher in authority

OVER

Himalayan recluse

YETI

Hyson, for one

TEA

It leads to a deal

ANTE

Junkyard canine

CUR

Knee-to-ankle bone

TIBIA

Least active

IDLEST

Like many horror films

GORY

Like newly made wine

UNAGED

Los ___, N.M

ALAMOS

Made illicit

TABOOED

Model of perfection

IDEAL

Name as a price

ASK

Nutmeg cover

ARIL

Office message

MEMO

One of the Gabors

EVA

Oxlike antelope

ELAND

Profitable again

BACKTOBLACK

Restraining

HOLDINGBACK

Retreating

TURNINGBACK

S-shaped molding

OGEE

Small Indian hand drum

TABLA

Some accidental singles

BLOOPS

Statement of belief

CREED

Strapped accessory

HANDBAG

Straw, to a camel?

BACKBREAKER

Table leavings

SCRAPS

Unsmiling

SOLEMN

Up to this time

ASYET

Visitor from far away

ALIEN

What some things are taken in?

STRIDE

Winning margin

EDGE

Worshipped being

DEITY

Years ___ (in the past)

AGO